As part of World Diabetes Day which takes place on November 14, the area’s Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) for Staffordshire have announced there will be a number of education sessions available in the New Year for newly diagnosed or existing patients who have type 2 diabetes.
The education sessions will be part of a funding boost of £186,000 the CCGs have received to improve the care and treatment of local diabetes patients.
Figures from Diabetes UK show the cost to local NHS services as a result of diabetes is currently £205 million, and is predicted to increase to £252 million and £328 million by 2020 and 2030 respectively.
The upcoming sessions, named ‘My Diabetes’, will help patients to better manage their diabetes, including implications to their lifestyles, foot care and mental health and will aim to improve the uptake of structured education.
The latest sessions are a way to tackle one of the biggest healthcare challenges at the moment, as the number of people who have type 2 diabetes continues to rise.
Dr Bhushan Rao, Clinical lead for Diabetes, said: “You may feel well at the moment and our aim is to keep you well – attending ‘My Diabetes’ sessions will help you explore ways to look after yourself and manage your long term condition effectively.
“The planned sessions are suitable for newly diagnosed or existing patients who have type 2 diabetes. During the sessions you will find out the best ways to manage your condition and how to make life with diabetes a little easier.” Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body doesn't produce enough insulin, or the insulin doesn’t work properly. Glucose stays in the blood and isn't used as fuel for energy.
Type 2 diabetes is often associated with obesity. Around 90% of people in the UK with diabetes have type 2 diabetes, which can often be controlled by making lifestyle changes.
Since 1996, the number of people living with diabetes in the UK has more than doubled.
If you are diagnosed with diabetes you need to make sure you maintain a healthy diet, exercise regularly and have regular blood tests to ensure your blood glucose levels are balanced.
To find out more about diabetes, help and support and for someone to talk to call Diabetes UK on 0345 123 2399 where you will be put forward to a trained counsellor who really understands diabetes.
Further information on upcoming ‘My Diabetes’ sessions will be announced shortly. If you would like to find out more contact please contact 01889 572029 for Cannock Chase, South East Staffordshire & Seisdon Peninsula and Stafford and its surrounding areas. For North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent please contact 0300 123 0995 ext 4532.